It’s grim times out there for video at the moment. The tag cloud above, generated from twitter, tells a familiar story.
Newspaper produced video is at a crossroads. As many U.S. publications turn inward to focus on their traditional print products, many online producers are wondering if they should continue to invest the extra time it takes to shoot and edit video. It’s such a crazy time to be a visual journalist. Newspaper photo staffs are being slashed and devalued, as publishers try to protect what’s left of their bottom lines.
If anyone is qualified to ask if video will survive it’s Colin. But I’m interested to find out whether video is still on the agenda and how it’s being done.
I’ve asked this question before when I conducted a survey of the who, what and how of video in 2007. The results of that little survey are still up and, according to my stats, get a regular look. So I thought I would try the survey again and see how things have changed.
So if you are involved with producing video for the web, I’d really appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. It’s short and easy so won’t take too much time and I’ll share the results as I did last time.
You can take the survey on this blog at http://www.andydickinson.net/video-workload-survey-2009
or(if the scripting is playing up) at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/111809/newspaper-video-2009
Feel free to share the link. The more the merrier.